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Wigan Album

Wigan Workhouse


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Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd November 2021 at 12:27

My Uncle was in here in the early 1960s when it was Frog Lane Hospital. People dreaded being in there even when it became a hospital because it always had the stigma of being "The Workhouse"

Comment by: Brian B on 23rd November 2021 at 14:49

I think it became "St Stephens Hospital"
We used to go there in the 40's when they held Christmas partys for the inmates.
My great uncle died in the hospital, a chap known locally as "Jimmy Lastic".
You could not meet a nicer chap!!!!!!

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd November 2021 at 15:59

That name, "Jimmy Lastic", actually rings a bell with me from childhood, Brian, although my memory stops at the name. I can't actually recall the person but the name is familiar. There were so many well-known and wonderful characters at one time in Wigan and its various districts.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd November 2021 at 17:28

I'd never heard it called that Brian, but that will be why the streets next to where it was are named Upper and Lower St Stephens Street.

Jimmy Lastic is also a name I recall being mentioned now and again Irene, but as to why or how I too can't remember.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd November 2021 at 17:43

One of our patients at Whelley Hospital came from here,he was Spastic (Littles Disease) and his sense of humour was second to none.

Comment by: DerekB on 23rd November 2021 at 18:58

In the 60s it became occupied by the Makerfield Watee Board

Comment by: Carole on 24th November 2021 at 06:18

Jimmy Lastic Irene: was a childhood game played by girls in the early 60's. It was a long piece of elastic tied in a knot forming a circle, three played it; two girls each placing the elastic around their ankles standing opposite each other , then a third girl would jump in the circle placing the elastic around their shoes crossing the elastic in intricate crossings then jump out of the Lastic. Not sure why it was called JIMMY Lastic.

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th November 2021 at 08:48

Yes, I remember the game, Carole, but I also vaguely remember a man known as Jimmy Lastic.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 24th November 2021 at 09:05

I can remember there being a character who was known as Jimmy Lastic but don't have any other details about him.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 27th November 2021 at 11:11

The traffic cones look out of place in the photo. I presume this would be the dropping off point for ambulances when it became a hospital.

Comment by: Carl on 27th November 2021 at 11:52

Comments on Wigan album Ince Viaduct thread 13th August 2010 Brian Barrow mentions his grandmother's brother William aka Jimmy Lastic.

Comment by: JEAN BLEWITT on 4th January 2022 at 11:07

I remember going singing Carols to the residents in the early 60s with Miss Dickson and the Gidlow Girls School choir. My sister Barbara and I walked from Beech Hill to Frog Lane as there were no buses because of the snow.

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